Friday, November 14, 2008

A Bible In My Hand

This past Sunday our Pastor preached an awesome sermon from 2 Timothy entitled "A Bible In Your Hand".  I was reminded of just how important it is for me to keep God's Word close by me as I go through this life.

The Bible is how God speaks to me.

His Word will make me complete.

His Word will give me everything I need to do anything that God asks me to do.

His Word contains everything I need to live a life that pleases God.

God's Word helps me to obtain His wisdom and to get from this earth to Heaven.

This message really got me to thinking throughout the week about whether I truly treasure God's Word. In many parts of the world, people do not even have a Bible. They may feel fortunate to have just one page torn out of a Bible, but most of us in this country have multiple copies of God's Word, in various translations, in our homes. we treasure it? Do we place great value on it?

God really began to convict me this week about how, many times, I seem to place more value on even my cellphone than I do on God's Word.

If I leave my Bible at home when I leave out in the morning, do I turn around and go back home to get it?

Do I glance at it all throughout the day to see if God has sent me a new message? Or, if I have missed a call from God?

Do I carry His Word with me everywhere I go? Do I keep it right beside me throughout the day?

Do I open it as soon as I wake up each morning to make sure that I haven't missed anything?

I am in God's network. I have a better plan than free mobile-to-mobile; it doesn't cost anything to talk to God! I don't have to wait until after 7 p.m. at night, either. I can talk to Him any time of the day or night with perfect reception! There is no such thing as "roaming" with God. I can have unlimited minutes with Him! And, unlike our cellphones, I don't have to worry about having service disconnected because God has already paid the bill.

Lord, help me to cherish your Word more than I do. Help me treasure it in my heart so that I might not sin against You. Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law. Make me to understand the way of Your precepts, so I will meditate on Your wonders. Help me to rely on Your words to see where I am going and to look to Your words to throw a cast of light on my path. Amen.


valerie said...

Great post and what a great reminder to us all.
I love & appreciate God's Word more and more the older I get.
I'm trying hard to memorize more Scripture. I work at our church office and so many times people call and have problems and it makes me feel so much better if I can give them a Bible verse to help them.
Thanks again.
Have a great weekend!

Rebecca Jo said...

Its funny you posted that - I woke up this morning with my husband running out to the men's morning breakfast bible study - he's yelling - I need a Bible - I instantly told him how close the nearest one was. I then thought - I hae 4 - yes 4 Bibles - in my office at work....& a countless number of Bibles around my house - 2 that are in my car - they are everywhere....I feel so lost without them... & I did think of those that have never even looked at one word in this mighty love letter from God. It breaks my heart for them on what they are missing on! Praise the Lord for missionaries!

Heather said...

So glad you are back! I love how you made us think about the priority of God's Word. There are so many other things that seem to compete with it. Thanks for the reminder!

Amy E. said...

Great post, MiMi! Glad you're back too!
See you in the morning!

Kendra said...

What a great analogy! I do check my cell phone several times a day, but I am sure I would find even more treasures if I checked my bible as often.
Thanks for the great reminder!!

Lianna Knight said...

Very powerful MIMI and so so true. I must confess that I do the same. I have my Bible in my bathroom so I will read at least one scripture in the mornings before or during getting ready for work each day. Sometimes I do see it sitting there and decide that I will just pray in my car on the way to work or just listen to my Christian CD...but after reading your post, I agree that I need to make time for Him each and every day. thanks :)

valerie said...

Thanks for the sweet commment on my last post. I am very blessed that my parents live just two doors down from us. We love it. We've lived as neighbors for the past 20 years. It's very handy!
My sister and her family live down the street in the next block. :)
There's a house behind ours that is for sale and needs quite a bit of work & updating. I've teased Kristen that they should buy it and fix it up and join the neighborhood.
I don't see that happening, but....I thought I'd mention it. ;)

Becky said...

WOW!! Mimi, what a GREAT post! It really spoke to my heart! Have a blessed week!